Concussions can go largely unnoticed in young children as symptoms aren’t always immediately present and the incident that caused the concussion isn’t always readily apparent. Unfortunately, concussions also reach farther than just contact sports and young children may have a difficult time expressing how they feel after a hard fall or contact their head. It is important for parents to recognize the warning signs of a concussion in order to seek medical care on behalf of their child and provide a proper recovery.
- Excessive crying
- Nausea or dizziness
- Irritability or changes to mood
- Change in sleep habits
- Sensitivity to noise or light
- Blurred vision
- Confusion or trouble concentrating
Older children may exhibit more behavioral changes due to the concussion but no one set of symptoms are the same, so it is important to recognize that any combination of symptoms may or may not be present in the event of a concussion in a young child.
If you feel your child may have experienced a concussion of any magnitude, contact the child’s primary care physician immediately, and ensure that they receive ample amounts of rest in order to fully recover. Read further for additional resources on concussion care at Baptist Health.